Blood, fire, earth, water and her own body; Ana Mendieta's poetic and striking works from the 1970s and 1980s are a delicate balancing act between vulnerability and strength. Bildmuseet presents her captivating oeuvre through 21 films as well as a selection of photographs, drawings, prints and three-dimensional works.
Gender, identity and the body were recurring themes in Mendieta's art. She drew inspiration from many of the movements of her day - minimalism, conceptual art, land art and feminism - but the special combination of sculpture, land art and performance art is a form of expression that is entirely her own. During her brief career, Anna Mendieta was astoundingly prolific. The acuity of her works inspires artists today, making her art still relevant and important.
Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) grew up in Cuba and in the United States. After studying art in Iowa, she moved to New York, where she was active until her untimely death at the age of 36. Following her death, Ana Mendieta's artistry was presented in solo shows around the world, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Tapiés Foundation, Barcelona; Hayward Gallery, London; and Berkeley Art Museum.
Her work has also been displayed in important group shows such as WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, Guggenheim, New York; Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance, Tate Modern, London.
Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History at Bildmuseet is the largest presentation of Mendieta's artistic practice shown in Sweden to date. The exhibition has been produced by Bildmuseet in cooperation with the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Our thanks to The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection and Galerie Lelong, New York/Paris, and to Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.